Re: It's SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! A celebration of football. Enjoy it!
posted at 2/3/2013 11:36 AM EST
Very nice post agcsbill !!!
Pats fans...Root for the 49ers...we are the West Coast Bay Area !!!
In addition to being a Boston teams fan, Celts, Sox & Bruins too, as I spent 1st 21 years in Maine, I'm a local fan too living now in SF not usually thought of as a sports town like Boston, Philly, Detroit, Pitts, Balt etc. Will be something to have a SB champ along with world series victors, SF Giants, and GS Warriors too to be strong, better than the hated Lakers, in the playoffs.
I want the 49ers to get revenge for the Pats as the Pats did not do last year when Giants luckily beat Niners on 2 bonehead fumbles. Then Pats lose the 2nd SB to NY in 3 years. Happy they did not make the playoffs at 9-7 as they did last year.
I really wanted a 49er-Pats SB as I did last year too. I think Pats would have beaten Alex Smith last year but if not, the loss would not have hurt as much as the 2nd one in 3 years in SBs with the dredded Giants. But this year, I don't think Pats would have beaten SF.
Some commentaries make fun of Jim Haubaugh being a little too "Rah Rah" sort of like Pete Carroll of Seattle. Brother John is a bit more reserved. Belichick is more reserved, stoic and seems unemotional. Personally, I don't mind Jim's antics on the sidelines.
Here's the problem with the Pats and I know I'm simplifying this. All year they would usually score 35-40 points so defense was not a major issue. If some of you are Celtic fans it is similar to a problem Boston has had for a number of years, weak in rebounding but if they shot 45-50%, rebounding was not an issue. Many posts cited Welker's dropped pass as being the deciding factor. But, I felt the lack of a pass rush was what did Pats in with no pressure on Flacco. Again, not a big issue if you can score 40-35 points and outscore the opponent but when you have a miserable offensive game, the defense can still rescue a team. SF was down 7-0 and 14-7 to Green Bay. They were down 17-0 to Atlanta and 24-14 at half. In those 2 games in the 2nd half only 7 points were scored by GB when SF was up by 21, 45-24, in last meaningless 2 minutes and Falcons were held scoreless. When people think of SF, other than in the last 2 weeks with Kaepernicks ability to run, what do most people think first about SF's team...DEFENSE !!! If Pats had scored 35-40 pts Welker's drop becomes a non-issue. Pats main objective should be to draft linemen who can get to the QB & good defensive backs.
Anyway, my $02 Cents !!!